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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 1, 2012 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favortie Vocal Flubs

I cannot think of the specific examples but I know a classic f up of Jerry - the opening line of Dire Wolf:

In the BACKWASH of fennario, the wolves are running round

Why he says backwash instead of timbers is beyond me. I know Ive heard it multiple times, and specifically in a show I just reviewed not too long ago. Im gonna have to llok it up and edit this post..

EDIT: It was 3/25/83. My notes looked like this:

A double time Dire kicks off next with Jerry proclaiming “From the Backwash of Frenario” to start off the tune. I laughed, but this one was not so good either. Definitely one of the weirder Dire’s out there. Really fast and nasally and just hurried in general. Not exactly the comforting storytelling session that this wonderful tune can be at its best"


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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Dec 1, 2012 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favortie Vocal Flubs

"Why he says backwash instead of timbers is beyond me. I know Ive heard it multiple times, and specifically in a show I just reviewed not too long ago."

I've heard this many times as well. I think he's trying to say backwoods. The last verse before the final chorus starts out, "In the backwoods of Fennario," so he likely just mixed up the verses, as he and Bob often do. Definitely sounds like backwash though.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Dec 1, 2012 2:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favortie Vocal Flubs

In the final verse of Dire Wolf the lyric is backwash.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Dec 2, 2012 6:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favortie Vocal Flubs

Wow. I have always just assumed it was backwoods. Never read through the lyrics before. Since the first verse is “timbers of Fennario,” I thought he was just switching it up and saying “backwoods of Fennario” for the last verse. Even though I hear backwash, that never made sense to me, so I think my mind just kept telling me it was “backwoods.” Anyway, glad I know now lol! I find it pretty funny that I've always had the lyric wrong. There may be other misheard lyrics that I've never looked up before, but I definitely know that Let it Grow is “as well to count the Asians dancing on a pin.”